Heated Tobacco Products (HTP)

In addition to e-cigarette products, tobacco companies have begun introducing tobacco heating systems or, as the industry calls them, “heat-not-burn” tobacco products. These devices work by heating tobacco instead of burning it. Sometimes the tobacco is treated with a humectant like propylene glycol to produce an aerosol inhaled by the user. Manufacturers claim this delivery method is substantially less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but current data on health effects of these devices are sparse and most of what has been published has been by tobacco industry scientists.

Data submitted by PMI themselves indicates that dual use of heated tobacco products along with cigarettes is, by far, the most dominant pattern of use, which raises substantial issues about what impact they might have on overall public health. Notably, research has shown that dual use is not associated with reduced cigarette use, but rather increased exposure and poorer health outcomes than using either cigarettes or e-cigarettes alone. Many heated tobacco products on the market are currently marketed as sleek, modern and high-tech products, meant to entice young adults, particularly women, to begin use. 


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Heated Tobacco Products: Deep Dive Switzerland A Policy Brief